September 17, 2010 – Sauti Sol, the only boy band in Kenya brave enough to wear skinny jeans, have just released a house track plus video while on a tour of Europe.
The four boys teamed up with DJ Marko Roca of Amsterdam, where they also shot the video for the track.
Sauti Party is the name of the track (http://www.penyafrica.com/) – and the message is basically, party today because tomorrow is uncertain…
The track is part of their upcoming sophomore album which is due to be released on December 12.
In more music news, word has it that Liz Ogumbo, a Kenyan neo-soul artist based in Johannesburg is set to wed her long-time beau Nic in a few months time.
While unwillingly divulging information, Liz says her mystery man is a Jamaican based in SA as well. They visited her rural home in Kenya’s Nyanza province last week to pay the dowry and officially seal the deal.
An excited Liz couldn’t resist twitting the pictures. They were however vague because she didn’t want to ‘blast the info’. (http://plixi.com/p/44279609, http://plixi.com/p/44739863, http://plixi.com/p/44712679, http://plixi.com/p/44064764).
Lastly, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is bracing itself for the biggest fashion event they have had in a long time.
Starting on September 23, designers from Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia will showcase their latest wares on the Hub of Africa Fashion Week.
Clairvoyant Marketing Agency and Yoha Entertainment have put together the 3-day fete, whose purpose is to “Unite the industry for sustainable development”, according to their website. (http://www.thehubfashionweek.com)
The big names at the event include Mataano (Somali for twins). The line is run by a pair of identical Somali twins Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim. Their premier collection for 2009 launched in New York in Nov, 2008, which caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey and were highlighted on her show.
Then from Kenya, is John Kaveke, whose list of achievements are in the form of the Swahili Fashion Week, Catwalk Kenya, Sarajevo Fashion Week plus even the 2010 Fall Fashion Week that was held in New York City.
There is also Robi Morro from Tanzania, well known for her Mapozi label, which features local fabrics such as Kanga, Kitenge and Maasai Blankets.